The Minimalist Aesthetic in Ayriq Akam’s New Songs

Dzekashu MacViban   Ayriq Akam’s experimental hip hop goes from soulful to minimalist       Perhaps best known for “Bienvenue au Cameroun”, a hip hop song with a soulful influence released in 2010 to wide acclaim, Ayriq Akam can…

U No Di See by Sentury Yob

    Midway between spoken word and rap, this song hardly draws parallels with contemporary Cameroonian music because it draws from old school rap and experiments with Pidgin English.   Mufor Eric Atangana aka Sentury Yob was born in 1988.…

A Ugandan MC's intimate keyboard Hip-Hop

Serubiri Moses Originally published in Start When we meet at 2:45 pm, I’m sitting at the grand piano in the Green Room, behind the stage of the National Theatre wondering whether he will make it through the rain, but I’m…

The Question of Language in Contemporary African Hip-Hop: Locating Valsero, 2Face and eLDee

Rene Nyah Yong Although hip-hop historians cite 1978 as its birthday, hip-hop’s roots can well be referred to the African continent. Music had long been part and parcel of the religion and culture of the African people. It had always…

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Is Hip-Hop’s future in Africa?  Is Kwaito the stepchild of early eighties Chicago House and New Orleans Bounce? Is the Hip-Life duo, PSquare, heirs to Fela’s throne?  Has African music lost its soul?  What is African music? Is reggae still…

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